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AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Soothing pastoral setting for razor-sharp modern cooking

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

Galton and Tracy Blackiston’s 17th-century country house opposite Morston Quay is truly an idyllic escape from the daily grind. The old manor is handsome enough without being overly grand, and the tone is set by the hosts who are passionate about the area and its magnificent produce. The conservatory dining room makes a soothing setting, all the better when the sun is up and the French doors are open. Dinner is served at a single setting, so its aperitifs at 7pm before heading through to the dining room at 8pm where a single menu awaits. The seven-course tasting menu presents refined classical technique with contemporary verve and pretty presentation. An opening salvo might be smoked haddock in a light velouté, before a Scottish langoustine with Crown Prince squash. Those famous Brancaster mussels might partner poached wild brill, in a light flavoursome broth, while roe deer arrives in a rich sauce grand veneur with salt-baked celeriac and hen of the woods mushrooms. A couple of sweet courses are no less inventive; yogurt, yuzu and green tea, say, followed by Yorkshire rhubarb with white chocolate and honeycomb. Add cheese from the trolley if you can. There’s no rush, it all happens at a civilised pace, until eventually it’s time for coffee and the Morston Hall chocolate box. Sunday lunch is a cut above – four courses plus coffee and home-made chocolates, and afternoon tea is a treat if you’ve booked in advance. The wine list covers the globe and has lots of gems to find among its pages, and you’re in safe hands if you opt for the wine flight.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 3 days at Christmas, January
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12.15
  • Lunch served until: close
  • Dinner served from: 7.15
  • Dinner served until: close

Chef

  • Chef(s): Galton Blackiston, Greg Anderson

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 140
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from: £80
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

On A149 (coast road) between Blakeney and Stiffkey.

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Sheringham
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